Jelley Chomping at the bit for Football

Football is back and the Hutt International Boys’ School (HIBS) First XI will be seeking to make a seventh consecutive Trevor Rigby Cup final when the premiership kicks off next term.

Maintaining such consistently won’t be easy with nine players departed from the team that was runners-up to Scots College last season. However, Lucas Jelley is a welcome and quality addition to the squad.

The Year 11 midfielder left the Phoneix Academy, which he was selected for two years ago, to play for his school. He is also the First XI cricket captain.

“The Phoneix Academy was great. The boys and the coaching were excellent, and it was hard to leave. They had lots of opportunities and improved your chances of making rep teams” Jelley acclaimed.

“But it was very hard to play cricket as there was heaps of training in the summer and I wanted to play for the First Xl cricket and football teams.”

“Playing school football is quite different from academy football. The academy puts a lot of emphasis on performance and technique. At school, it’s about playing for your mates and winning which is cool,” he further explained.

On Saturday Jelley made his debut in a pre-season tourney helping HIBS beat Wairarapa College 4-2 and St Patrick’s College, Silverstream 5-0.

“We have a good team this year and hopefully we do really good this year as a whole,” he enthused.

Brendan McIntyre will return as head coach having win three local titles. Senior Jacob Wyness will be an integral figure. It’s likely Scots College and St Patrick’s College, Wellington will be strong contenders for the title.

Jelley has played age-group representative cricket for Wellington as an all-rounder who bats right-handed and bowls leg-spin. He was captain of the First XI this season with HIBS  rebuilding after a strong period which saw them win four local titles between 2014 and 2019, and the Nationals in 2015.

“It was a good experience. It was a bit wired telling people my age or older what to do, but if you learn how to get on with each other it builds trust and makes things easier,” Jelley concluded.

Fuji-Xerox CSW football is set to return on June 16(Girls) & June 19(Boys).

-Story courtesy by College Sport Media